Uganda has launched a Chinese-built hydropower dam in the eastern part of the country, which will improve access to power but at the cost of the local environment. The$568 million Isimba Hydropower Dam will cut electricity costs and put more Ugandans on the power grid, in a country where less than 30 percent of the population has access to power. But as Halima Athumani reports from Kayunga, the dam comes at a price for the local people and ecology.
Northern Australia is bracing for a powerful cyclone that is expected to make landfall Saturday. Authorities have begun evacuating about 2,000 people from areas on Cyclone Trevor's projected path. The preparations in Australia are underway as three southern African countries struggle with death and destruction brought on by Cyclone Idai. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.